Light exercise may be key to reducing childhood obesity linked to inactivity.

Light exercise may be key to reducing childhood obesity linked to inactivity.

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This implies that cumulative light physical activity reduced total body fat mass by 950 g to 1.5 kg during growth from childhood to young adulthood, (about a 9.5 to 1.5 kg total increase in fat mass during the 13-year observation period. 15 percent decrease).

Examples of light physical activity are long walks, household chores, slow dancing, slow swimming, and slow bicycling.

In contrast, time spent in moderate to vigorous physical activity during development from childhood to young adulthood – including the 60 minutes per day recommended by WHO – was associated with 70 to 170 grams (about 0.7 to 1.7 percent). Reduction in total body fat mass.

Before this study, it was not possible to quantify the long-term contribution of sedentary time to obesity and its reduction by physical activity.

But this study confirms reports from a recent meta-analysis of 140 school-based randomized controlled trials worldwide that engaging in moderate to vigorous physical activity had minimal or no effect on reducing childhood BMI-obesity. .

Andrew Agbaje of the University of Exeter said, “Our study provides novel information that will be useful in updating future health guidelines and policy statements. Public health experts, health policy makers, health journalists and bloggers, pediatricians, and parents should encourage frequent and sustained participation in light physical activity to prevent childhood obesity.”

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